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The English Patient

1996 Drama, War, Romance


Beginning in the 1930s, "The English Patient" tells the story of Count Almásy who is a Hungarian map maker employed by the Royal Geographical Society to chart the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert along with several other prominent explorers. As World War II unfolds, Almásy enters into a world of l...

Directed by

Anthony Minghella

Written by

Anthony Minghella (Screenplay)
Michael Ondaatje (Novel)


162 minutes


United States of America, United Kingdom




Ralph Fiennes
as Count László de Almásy
Willem Dafoe
as David Caravaggio
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Katharine Clifton
Naveen Andrews
as Sikh Kip
Colin Firth
as Geoffrey Clifton
Julian Wadham
as Madox
Torri Higginson
as Mary


Oscar for Best Director

Oscar for Best Cinematography John Seale

Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Stuart Craig

Oscar for Best Picture Saul Zaentz


#388 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

#55 on Top 100 British films BFI

#56 on AFI's 100 years...100 passions AFI